Then it was off to the Santa Monica Mountains for some actual testing. I took the Pacific Coast Highway north and dove inland at Latigo Canyon Road, the area’s twistiest and most challenging route. When I emerged at the top, I was smiling! This latest ECU reflash makes throttle response a lot smoother (I even switched over to the more aggressive “A” engine mode), and the chassis is finally up to handling what that fantastic 847cc triple dishes out. With appropriate springs and damping, the FZ-09’s fore/aft movements on the brakes and gas are more controlled and less severe, and in corners the bike is more stable and tracks well, though there is some vagueness to the front end at full lean that I’ll work to tune out. The FZ-09 is a bucking bronco no more!